5 Popular Creepy Myths about Mount Kerinci in Indonesia

Kamis, 23 Februari 2023 – 17:00 WIB

VIVA – Mount Kerinci is the highest mountain on Sumatra Island, located on the border of Kerinci Regency, Jambi, and South Solok Regency, West Sumatra. This mountain is known to have an altitude of 3,805 meters above sea level.

This mountain is a stratovolcano which means it is still active today. Many hiking enthusiasts make Mount Kerinci a favorite destination because this mountain presents a very beautiful view.

However, Mount Kerinci has some creepy myths that are popular around the society, as follows, reported from various sources.

1. The Existence of Tiger Man

Gunung Kerinci (3805 mdpl) di Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat (TNKS)

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  • ANTARA FOTO/Wahdi Septiawan

Mount Kerinci is known has the existence of Cindaku. Cindaku is a half-human and half-tiger. This legend is not only popular in Jambi, but also in Malaysia.

The origin of Cindaku comes from a figure named Tingkas. He is a group of people who have a close mental bond with tigers. It is believed that Tingkas was instrumental in helping the people of Kerinci, one was in preserving the forest.

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Kerinci people believe that Cindaku has magical powers that come from hereditary customs in the Kerinci village. With that power, they become the guardians of Mount Kerinci. Cindaku can also turn into a tiger. They will transform if they are angry or feel threatened.

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